Gavin McEwenCEO, Farmax
Gavin is from a Waikato dairy farming background, with a Bachelor of Horticulture from Lincoln University. He has 30 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, both owning and operating his own businesses through to managerial positions in LIC, Turners and Growers, and Farmax Ltd.
He was the co-founder of two technology start-ups in the early 2000s, creating one of the first cloud-based database systems marketed internationally and being recognised in the Deloitte Fast 50 and as one of the top 100 fastest-growing technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. From a pragmatic perspective, Gavin’s focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.
For a small country with only two degrees of separation and a primary industry that is an economic foundation of the country, yet very small on global scale, we continually reinvent wheels, waste shareholder and taxpayer dollars, and have failed to solve many technology problems that could provide New Zealand with a significant first mover advantage in increasingly demanding markets. What needs to happen to get this right?
With over 20 years as an ICT leader, manager and strategist, Greg is passionate about turning the latest technology into real-life solutions. His current focus is on OmniEye, an automated camera-based on-farm livestock monitoring system.
Director, Open Parallel
Nicolás specialises in next-gen high-tech ecosystems and believes "we have to leverage the digital opportunity to become a data-driven industry while addressing climate change, regulations and optimising productivity in the value chain."
Changes in the regulatory environment, and in consumer expectations, requires rapid deployment of digital technologies across New Zealand's agricultural sector. We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures (thanks to Shakespeare).
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
Russell works with sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy for Microsoft New Zealand. Based in Wellington, his role focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform.
Head of Strategy, Trust Codes
The tech sector in New Zealand is in a prime position to deliver on consumer expectations for increased transparency, with brilliant data-driven stories of provenance that our global consumers are hungry for.
Machine Vision Manager, Lincoln Agritech
Precision agriculture has made extensive use of new technology to automate and improve common tasks. However, the pervasive use of this technology also highlighted the limitations that researchers must overcome to get practical, economically viable outputs to farmers.
Managing Director, Altrutec
Ian has spent 30+ years turning new technology into innovative, world-first products in diverse industry sectors including agtech, biotech, medtech, foodtech, renewable energy, defence and aerospace.
Chief of Storytelling and Other Stuff, Hectre
The fruit tech sector has become one of the most exciting spaces to be working in. As the global appetite for technology increases, the pressures of growing escalate, and the deep need for greater insights builds, the perfect storm is brewing.
CEO / Founder, Trust Codes
With consumers desire to educate themselves further on information about the products they consume, the pressure for supply-chain participants to be transparent, means product traceability become a standard, not a value add.
Chief Sustainability Officer, CropX Ltd
From my earliest days of helping on the family farm to founding a technology business focused on enabling financial and environmental sustainability for farmers, I am passionate about making a difference in the agricultural sector.
Agricultural Engineering Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Kit's research focuses on sustainable future farming systems, with the most notable project to date being the award-winning Hands Free Hectare